Benefit dinner at PA Club
This Saturday, Oct. 10, a pasta dinner with all the trimmings will be held at the Portuguese American Club to benefit the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS, founded nationally in 1954, relies on support from individuals, organizations, and foundations to fund research and education programs.
Saturday's event also includes a drive to recruit bone marrow donors for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
The evening is being organized by Oak Bluffs resident David Klein to recognize the first anniversary of his successful bone marrow transplant. Only 30 percent of bone marrow matches come from family members. Saturday night's dinner includes a 50/50 cash raffle, as well as a prize raffle, which will be drawn on Thanksgiving.
Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $12 (free for children under 5). The event is Saturday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Call David Klein for more information: 508-326-2451.
The Martha's Vineyard Museum welcomes Cambridge architect Frank Shirley who will present a combined lecture and slideshow about the evolution of American residential architecture on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5:30 pm.
Mr. Shirley was project manager for Design Associates, Inc. on the Island, has been a member of the Cambridge Historical Commission for the past 10 years. His book, "New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the traditional Home," explains how to enlarge a historical home without destroying the integrity of the original structure.
Mr. Shirley will show images of traditional architectural styles, characteristic details, and of landmark residences that he has helped restore. He led the restoration of the Corbin-Norton house on Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs. For more information, call 508-627-4441.
Legion Hall breakfast
Now that the summer is over, the American Legion Hall is once again starting to serve monthly breakfasts to the public. On Sunday, many Islanders turned out at Post 257 in Vineyard Haven for the season's first breakfast, which included coffee, eggs, pancakes, buns, and more - $6 for adults and $3 for ages 12 and under. Legion breakfasts take place on the first Sunday of every month. The next breakfast will be on November 1.
Opportunity to see Grammy winner
The Tisbury Travel Club is organizing a trip to see "The Long and Winding Road" matinee at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Grammy and Academy Award winner Maureen McGovern's moving musical memoir chronicles the moments that define the Baby Boomer generation, from the hope-filled years of the 1960s, through the dark years of Vietnam, Watergate, the Civil Rights Movement, the AIDS crisis, and on to today and the hope of a better tomorrow. She uses the music of Bob Dylan, Carole King, Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, James Taylor, the Beatles, etc. as a scrapbook of the times.
The cost is $83 for theatre, bus, and brunch. Call Tisbury Travel Club at 508-696-4205 to reserve a seat. Reservations must be secured and paid for by Monday, Oct. 19.
(This information corrects a listing in the most recent 55 Plus.)
The Federated Church in Edgartown is holding a Harvest Festival and Luncheon in the Parish House on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 am to 2 pm. Included in the fun will be crafts, plants, baked goods, a drawing, and, of course, food - harvest soup, chili, and apple crisp.
Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark is holding a popcorn festival on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 am to 3 pm. The event will offer taste tests, demos and activities, children's games, a farm quest, and visits with pygmy goats. For more information, call 508-645-3304.
The Noteworthy Duo - flutist Lisa Schroeder and guitarist Michael Nigro - will perform at The Anchors in Edgartown on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 pm. The performance includes classical South American music, and following the concert will be a dessert reception. The concert is free and reservations are recommended. For more information, call 508-627-4221.
Island authors take to stage
Island Theatre Workshop presents Pick of the Crop: from the Page to the Stage, a collection of original plays by Island authors, this weekend and next, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. The performances are "Birds of Feathers" by Taffy McCarthy, "Time for Roll Call" by John Ortman, and "Sam Meets Maria" by Peter Palches. Show dates are Oct. 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15, at the door only. For more information, call 508-627-3166.
Back to work
The Mature Workers Program reminds those 55 years of age and older that they are eligible for local skills training opportunities and paid work experience. For more information, call Mary at 888-394-4630 ext. 543, Gloria at ext. 543, and Evie at ext. 544.
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is accepting applications from middle schools for grant money to purchase non-consumable science laboratory equipment. Up to $10,000 per school district and $2,500 per individual middle school on the Island will be considered.
The Island Children's School in West Tisbury is holding a bottle and can drive throughout the month of October on weekdays between 4 and 6 pm. All proceeds benefit the students of the school. The school hopes to teach the children about environmental awareness and understanding, and to get the students involved in creating a healthier planet. There are designated receptacles in the Island Children's School's parking lot. For more information, call 508-693-5815.
Despite the pouring rain, many Islanders attended the third annual Living Local Harvest Festival on Saturday at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. All day, participants were treated to workshops and demonstrations, local food tastings, informative panel discussions, and live music. The evening was devoted to a local food potluck dinner, with more music following. The event was presented by Vineyard Energy Project, Vineyard Conservation Society, Island Grown Intiative, and the M.V. Agricultural Society, with support from Cronig's Market, South Mountain Company, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, The FARM Institute, ECO MV, and Cape Light Compact.
Tune in to MVTV next week to watch the event's panel discussions.
The 19th annual CROP Walk is next Sunday, Oct. 18, beginning at 2 pm. A fundraiser for the Island Food Pantry, the walk begins at St. Augustine's Church in Vineyard Haven. Walkers walk from there to the Trinity United Methodist Church in the Campgrounds in Oak Bluffs, then back again. Participants can complete the full walk or join in for any part of it. Send checks to CROP, P.O. Box 4069, Vineyard Haven, MA. 02568. For more information, call Alden Besse at 508-693-3930.